Co-Founder / President
Laquita has nearly 30 years experience in personal training and fitness, including eleven years as the primary caregiver of an individual with a high level spinal cord injury. Laquita trained under Clinical Exercise Physiologist and former Professor of Kinesiology, Taylor-Kevin Isaacs to aid and assist her son, Aaron Baker, and other high level spinal cord injured clients with their exercise and stretching regiments at the Center of Achievement, California State University, Northridge. In 2007 and 2008, with her son, Laquita organized, directed, executed, and rode in two unprecedented, history making cross country bicycle tours, The Rise Above Tour, which showcased and promoted the benefits and necessity of ongoing therapeutic exercise. Their extraordinary story was presented through public speaking engagements in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, VA hospitals, universities, Assisted Living Centers. Laquita’s expertise and guidance is sought after by injured/chronically ill individuals and their families.
Prior to her son’s injury, Laquita was an international importer, designer, and partner in an exclusive art gallery, Conway of Asia, in Carmel, CA. She traveled throughout Europe and Asia as a buyer/seller of antiques, objet d’art, oriental rugs, and jewelry. With a reputation for a superior artistic flair and eye she was commissioned for home and commercial interior design. She negotiated the largest sales in the history of the gallery and expanded the business by opening two additional galleries on the Monterey Peninsula. Additionally, Laquita handled all marketing and advertising for the firm, directed TV commercials, and created the set design for photo shoots which were placed in international trade publications.
Co-Founder / VP / Ambassador
Aaron is a recovering quadriplegic, athlete, businessman, philosopher and friend. Prior to his injury he was a professional motorcycle racer. May 26, 1999 he crashed while training, breaking cervical vertebras 4-5-6 in his neck, instantly paralyzing his entire body.
Initially, Aaron was given a grim prognosis by multiple neurosurgeons of having only a “one in a million” chance of ever feeding himself again. The doctor’s projection was instantaneously rejected. Instead, he and his family immediately embraced a positive, proactive pursuit of healing, recovery and redefinition.
Aaron’s healing continues today because of his commitment to health and wellness, thus allowing him to set and achieve seemingly impossible feats of ability and adventure. Aaron has slowly and diligently compiled accomplishments, which have inevitably evolved, enabling him to walk with a cane, drive a vehicle and pedal a bicycle (under his own power) tens of thousands of miles across the United States (twice) and ultimately to the finish line at the Para Cycling National Championships.
Throughout this dynamic process of recovery, and in the face of immense, daily adversity, Aaron came to understand thathe can help people, by sharing his struggles and in turn, giving hope, inspiration and guidance to those without. It became clear to Aaron and his mother Laquita, that there is an absolute need for the general population to have access to ongoing restorative exercise if they so choose… Hence, C.O.R.E. was born
Taylor-Kevin Isaacs M.S., CPT, CSCS, MELT Co-Founder / Restorative Exercise Master Specialist
Taylor is a highly credentialed award winning Kinesiologist / Exercise Physiologist, Medical Exercise Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. This former professor of Kinesiology at California State University in Northridge was named the IDEA Trainer of the Year in 2002, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Trainer / Clinical Exercise Specialist of the Year in 2002, and was the two-time Grand Champion MET-Rx World’s Best Trainer in 2000 and 2001. In July 2009, he was honored and recognized as an award winning IDEA expert author.
Katelyn Devine Baker Chief Operations Officer
Katelyn has over 10 years of experience in Management and Sales. She began her career by facilitating the open and launch of an Interior Design store-front and furniture line in Brentwood, CA. After a move to Santa Clarita, CA, Katelyn shifted her focus into Event Planning and Sales, working with a company as their Special Event Outside Sales Representative. She contributed to over one-million-plus in sales per year for the 4.5 years she was with the company. In 2012, Katelyn met Aaron, they fell in love, married in 2015 and began working together on the growth of C.O.R.E. in January of 2017. “It is the goal of C.O.R.E., and its team members, to see our facility in cities all over the world to help those who choose to transform their bodies and lives!”
Brittney Barfield M.S.
R.E.S. (Restorative Exercise Specialist) Team Lead
Brittney is currently a Restorative Exercise Specialist at C.O.R.E. She graduated from California State University of Northridge with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology. She has been working for C.O.R.E for 5 years now and says:
“I couldn’t be happier to have found a place like C.O.R.E… I was drawn to C.O.R.E because I was inspired by the work of Taylor Isaacs and the unique approach in which they took on rehabilitation. It is here that I am able to work one on one with my clients and help them to reach their fullest potential. It is my passion here at C.O.R.E to provide hope, strength and possibilities for my clients. It feels good to be a part of a strong team filled with amazing individuals. I hope to continue to give inspiration to my clients as they continue to inspire me.”
R.E.A. (Restorative Exercise Advisor)
Natalie holds a Masters degree in Kinesiology from California State University Northridge. Natalie graduated in December 2015 and has been working at C.O.R.E for a year and a half.
Natalie also taught an aquatic aerobic dance class for students and staff members. This class was made specific for each individual’s needs.
Natalie also taught a deep water class for student, staff members, and clients. This group class was specific to clients’ needs that cannot weight bear on a land based exercise program. This class offered a deep water pool that lowers to the level of seven feet allowing each student, staff member, or client to exercise in the water with or without buoyancy equipment to make the exercises easier or harder.
Natalie also was mentored by Dr. Romack at CSUN and instructed a Motor Development Lab for Kinesiology students. Natalie had the ability to enhance kinesiology students with a community service learning experience at a preschool site.
Natalie is excited to continue her work and education at C.O.R.E and expand her knowledge. Natalie is passionate about helping individuals to regain their strength, endurance, balance, and achieving their personal goals and hopes to impact them.
R.E.A. (Restorative Exercise Advisor)
Jon holds a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from California State University Northridge(CSUN) and has completed his course-work towards a Masters degree in Adapted Physical Activity at CSUN. Jon has worked at the Center of Achievement at CSUN as a teaching associate helping undergraduate students learn and implement adapted exercise programs for individuals with a disability. Jon has experience inland-based and aquatic-based therapeutic exercises, motor development skills with children as well as collegiate level sports training with the Women's Basketball team at CSUN. Jon is looking forward to learning and sharpening his craft so he can provide the best quality of training and service to those at C.O.R.E.
R.E.A. (Restorative Exercise Advisor)
Matt currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, from California State University Northridge. He plans to expand his knowledge in Rehabilitative Based Exercises by attending Physical Therapy School in his future. Prior to Matt’s future plans, he has collected multiple experiences in the exercise world by being a Physical Therapist Assistant for 2 years, Personal Trainer for 5 years, Athletic Training Assistant for 3 years, and an Athlete for over 15 years. As an exercise enthusiast, Matt has obtained a numerous amount of practices in strength & conditioning exercises where he applies in his studies today.
In addition, Matt was a Staff member at the Center of Achievement in C.S.U.N. At the Center he assisted undergraduate students implement adapted exercises for individuals with disabilities in both Aquatic and Land. After working in the Center of Achievement, Matt became a firm believer in restorative exercise by moving the body in the most qualitative manner.
Darlene is our receptionist at C.O.R.E. You can always find her behind her counter, waiting to greet you with a smile. She has 9 years of experience in customer service, front desk operations and clerical experience.
“I was drawn to C.O.R.E. due to a personal experience that I had. Less than a year ago someone very close to me was in a motorcycle accident. Thankfully he had a speed recovery but only because he had an amazing support group that never let him give up. This is what C.O.R.E. provides, a relentless support system that will never let you give up, push you to your fullest potential, and pick you up when you’re down. I am grateful to be a part of such an amazing family and given the privilege to be a part of our clients’ daily experience here at C.O.R.E.”